Evaluation of Prader-Willi Syndrome gene MAGEL2 in severe childhood-onset obesity.


MAGEL2 is one of the five genes inactivated in Prader-Willi Syndrome, a neurodevelopmental chromosome microdeletion disorder modified by genomic imprinting. By early childhood, individuals with Prader-Willi Syndrome exhibit hypothalamic dysfunction, including hyperphagia, and become obese in the absence of behavioral intervention. Murine Magel2 is highly… (More)